Billie Faircloth is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm recognized for its environmental ethos, research expertise, and innovative design. As the firm’s Research Director, she leads a transdisciplinary group of professionals leveraging research, design, and problem-solving processes from diverse fields including environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. Billie fosters collaboration between disciplines, trades, academies, and industries in order to define a relevant problem-solving boundary for the built environment. In her professional and academic research, she pursues an answer to the question: “Why do we build the way that we do?”
Billie has published and lectured internationally on research methods for a transdisciplinary and trans-scalar design practices; the production of new knowledge on materials, climate, and thermodynamic phenomena through the design of novel methods, tools, and workflows; and the history of plastics in architecture to demonstrate how architecture’s “posture” towards transdisciplinary practices and new knowledge has changed over time.
Her articles have been published by the Journal of Architectural Education, Princeton Architectural Press, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and ACADIA. Her book Plastics Now, On Architecture's Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material, was published by Routledge in June 2015. Billie has taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Harvard University, has served as Portman Visiting Critic at Georgia Institute of Technology, and VELUX Visiting Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Prior to joining KieranTimberlake, she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she instructed research studios exploring applications for conventional and emerging material technologies and conducted seminars on emerging construction and fabrication technologies.